Welcome back, Baruch scholars! For those of you who are new to our blog, the Weekly Newsmakers (WN) is a collection of interesting items that we think you should know about – a one-stop shop for news and events. Without further ado, our first WN of the semester…
Obama Urges Speed on Immigration Plan, but Exposes Conflicts – New York Times
President Obama challenged Congress this Tuesday to revise national immigration laws and allow 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the U. S. to gain the right to become citizens. Obama’s plan was met with criticism from some Republicans who believe that securing national borders should take priority before the question of legal residency for illegal residents should be considered. The Obama Administration has also issued a warning to Congress to move forward on the proposed immigration legislation in a “timely fashion,” or risk having the White House setting a specific measure to demand a vote. However, there is no news yet about what the specific measure might entail. Where do you stand on the illegal immigration issue? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below.
China Leader Affirms Policy on Islands – New York Times
China’s President-elect, Xi Jinping, annouced this week that the Communist Party would not compromise in matters involving ‘central territorial and security interests.’ These interests include halting any independence uprisings in Tibet and Xinjiang and claiming Taiwan under its jurisdiction. Xi’s announcement is in line with the sentiments he expressed one year ago while visiting the U. S. where he similarly demanded respect for China’s “core national interests.” The announcement also paints a picture of China’s heated territorial feud with Japan over the Diaoyu (Senkaku) islands in the East China Sea.
Clinton out, Kerry in as Secretary of State – ABC News
On Friday, John Kerry was sworn in as the nation’s new Secretary of State, succeeding Hilary Clinton. Clinton leaves an impressive legacy behind her, having visited more countries during her four-year tenure of all of the prior Secretaries of State. As part of his new diplomatic duties, Kerry will be reaching out to foreign dignitaries as soon as Monday morning. What issue would you like Kerry to tackle first in his new post? Voice your thoughts in the comments area below.
Lincoln in New York – Weissman Center Reports
The Bronx Library Center branch of the New York Public Libraries has put together an exciting, free exhibit that examines the myths and controversies surrounding our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. View artifacts that highlight Lincoln’s presidency and New York’s influence on the Civil War. A must see for history aficionados! The exhibit runs until 2/28. More details here.
Winter Workspace: Preserving Flowers through Art – Weissman Center Reports
Much of nature’s beauty is not everlasting, but there are some ways you can try preserve the beauty. Wave Hill, a public garden & cultural center in the Bronx has a fun and free workshop on 2/5 that teaches participants to create artwork with flowers as brushes, flower pressing, and petal pigments. Art materials will be provided. Pre-registration is highly recommended. More details here.